A PROPER DEGREE OF GRATITUDE & THANKS IS DUE SEYMOUR HERSH
The recent revelations of investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, Pulitzer Prize Winner for his reportage on the infamous My Lai Massacre during the Vietnam War, has just broken the colossal true story of how America took out Russia’s Nord Stream I & II LNG Pipelines. Hersh’s account now affords all concerned to more clearly see and understand what the real underpinnings are of the rough-and-tumble geo-political world in which we all are now hopelessly trapped; captives of and beholden to, and, more specifically and more importantly, in one way or another, now are the brunt’s of the driving forces behind the commission of the war in Ukraine.
Victimized especially by the habitual chronic lies of the American Government, and representatives of NATO itself, as they pertain to this on-going War; not to mention all the many sordid and outrageous geo-political events that precipitated, and since have followed, the proxy U.S., NATO and Ukrainian forces fighting against Russia’s Special Military Operation (SMO) in Eastern Ukraine. It’s a classic textbook case of dissimilitude.
Before this earth-shattering expose by Hersch broke in the international press, the mysterious cause, or cloak and dagger identity/identities of the terrorist saboteurs who perpetrated the dastardly BALTOPS 22 SABOTAGE OF RUSSIA’S NORD STREAM 1 & 2 PIPELINES hadn’t yet, to date, been fully vetted or adequately investigated by any responsible world body; especially regarding what serious punitive economic and political consequences, sanctions or military actions must now be taken by the UN Security Council and/or other proper avenues of consideration and recourse within the United Nations.
Like Hersh, this writer, himself, has spent the past several months trying to crack the same nut, also researching and writing about the outrageous ABC’s of the crisis in Ukraine that led up to America and its NATO allies obvious need to virtually commit such a most serious and damnable Act of War against Russia; the serious consequences and ramifications of which, obviously, at this early stage have yet to be determined by the UN, or, if not the UN, then certainly the biting harshness of world opinion.
Seymour has simply paid his dues, and gone the long mile, to help all of us fill in the dots of a most distasteful, jarring reality check of what, when push comes to shove, his revelations mean in the tough, old harsh world in which we all, collectively, now find ourselves.
When this small-fry writer wasn’t likewise able to get into the press, like the mighty Hersh and his own ‘expose’ of the BALTOPS 22 incident he’d also been working on for months, this writer simply shot-gunned it out last December to a number of fellow geo-political sleuths and literary associates for their own consideration, and let it go at that. (“I Stand With Ukraine” Means What in the War in Ukraine”, 12-14-22).
But all the political fallagio that underlies the sabotage of Russia’s Nord Stream 1 & 2 Pipelines still needs much more further elaboration and erudition concerning what all is behind this latest travesty of human life
It’s now high-time to probe deeper below, Ha! Ha!, the water’s surface at the real ugly hose job, if ever there was one, since the outbreak of war in Ukraine, that the entire world received right in the good old derriere over this scandalous sabotage. It personifies the endless stream of falsities that underlie America’s long-standing culpable, malevolent military and corporate involvement in the complicated, Machiavellian politics of Ukraine’s modern political history and the war itself.
More specifically, it behooves the world to know, even a modicum more, about the long-standing dirty role America’s CIA and its black ops divisions have long since played in Ukraine’s rough and-tumble geo-political turmoil, going back decades, with the hands-on involvement of every succeeding U.S. Democratic President and their administrations, since the 1990’s, and even long before, going back to at least the administrations of George Herbert & George W. Bush, and forward to Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and the present-administration of Joe Biden.
American politicians have a lot of bloody fingerprints smeared all over the evidence of who among them did what to who that has led up to not only the inception of the war in Ukraine that continues unabated, and now, the case of this pipeline sabotage itself.
The still muddied, unanswered question in the Western Press is how much of the primary cause of the war is due to Russia’s and the West’s long-standing corporate-financial entanglements and power struggles that have existed in the world’s corporate energy sector, especially since the 1990’s and early 2000’s, between America’s big energy players who ever strive to greedily-corner for themselves whatever the world’s natural energy resources market(water, coal, oil, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera); and now, in the midst of the war in Ukraine, seek to take advantage of the coming harsh Northern winter, seize totally control of the world’s LNG energy market and, being the miserly ruthless bastards that they are, sell it back to Germany and Europe at four times the price at which Russia was originally prepared to sell it before its Nord Stream Pipelines 1 & 2 were sabotaged.
Not to mention the fact that this single, ignorant act of the war so far may end up becoming one of the war’s most monumentally-stupid errors that very well will end up destroying the economies of Western and Eastern Europe and lead to colossal political dissension, possibly even leading somewhere else to yet another civil war or world war, in and of itself, like WWI.
America and NATO’s misadventures in Ukraine and the Baltic Sea remind this writer of Agatha Christie’s writings on And Then There Were None.
‘ONE LITTLE, TWO LITTLE, THREE LITTLE INDIANS….
It’s now clear the United States, NATO and their allies, in which they operate in the dark inner sanctums of the twisted, contorted minds of their military-corporate Dark State keepers and handlers, are somehow mixed up to their necks in the under-handed ways the war in Ukraine has thus far been used from the get-go as a means-to-an-end to cover up America and the Western World’s always cut-throat international business dealings; and now the attempted regime change and overthrow of Russia, one of the three remaining big empires left in the world. Once Russia is finished with as an empire, China will be America’s next main targeted focus. It’s One Little, Two Little, Three little Indians…….” all over again, until only ‘One Little Indian’ America –is left. America so hopes! See Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None.
Excerpted here now is a chapter from this writer’s aforementioned own work on this topic that provides the reader with yet a different spin and take on the BALTOP AFFAIR.
IT’S A WHODUNNIT CASE OF SLOPPY ‘FALLAGIO’ LOGIC FROM START TO FINISH
There are so many sordid, unsolved whodunnit’s of this war so far, the outrageous sabotage of the Nord Stream Pipelines, simply at the top of the ‘whodunnit’ list. To see it in a different light, requires a bit of portmanteau word play concerning the term fallacio (fallacy + fallatio = fallacio), as it often is used to describe sloppy logic, especially the political ‘’fallagio’ logic that continues to raise its ugly head among all those who seemingly possess an “unquenchable thirst for fallacio that keeps them doing such dumb things as listening to mainstream corporate news, or the government’s think tanks, Pentagon strategists, or arms merchants advisors”, about anything to do with the war. Especially when they already know the answers to whatever the ‘whodunnit’ arguments are in the West’s corporate press, specifically about the sabotage of the ‘Nord Stream Pipelines’, amount to nothing more than a lot of bogus suppositions, based upon fallacious arguments, that, to put it bluntly, even fool’s know suck when it comes to knowing the real criminals who committed this heinous sabotage are those sitting beside you in the next comfy easy chair. Subterfuge and Denial are everywhere in the war climate that now has totally seized the world.
THE SMOKING GUNS ABOUND EVERYWHERE, YET IT’S ALL QUIET ON THE U.N. FRONT
Whoever’s bloody hands and fingerprints remain smeared all over this clandestine act of sabotage, whatever insipid investigation so far has been pursued by the United Nations, outrageously has excluded Russia, the owner of the actual Nord Stream pipelines, from even participating in the investigations themselves.
Of course, by now, an enormous brouhaha would have already been made in the U.N. about any other international investigation of similar magnitude and circumstances, and, at the very least, already would have resulted in the United Nation’s immediate stinging censure, if not military action, taken against whatever countries were responsible, and still are involved in such an outlandish, unprecedented-aggressive act of corporate terrorism of the most bald-faced kind, that, in any other circumstance, would have immediately sparked a war in and of itself. But, of course, that is, if the war already underway in Ukraine hadn’t been deviously used as cover to hide all traces of the bloody fingerprints of whatever high-level Western corporate-military-political criminals who were involved.
The sabotage of Nord Stream’s 1 & 2 Pipelines, that essentially all but eliminated, at present, Russia as the chief fossil fuel supplier to Germany and Europe, unquestionably, was planned by the biggest of corporate, military, political interests at the highest levels in the West, no doubt well in advance of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
The question is what came first, the Chicken or the Egg! Was it the West’s constant goading aggravations and provocations of Russia and its Empire, or was it Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that set off the whole war? What about the West’s bombing of Russia’s land bridge to the Crimea? Is that not yet another fundamental war provocation against Russia by the West? Both aggressive acts tantamount to ‘Acts of War’ that have long tails that well proceeded the war in Ukraine, stretching all the way back to the U.S.-led Maidan coup in 2014 and even long before to at least 2004, and still longer back still to the year…….. But who is really listening? The lights are on but is anyone minding the store?
Still other existing bloody fingerprints of unparalleled aggression by the West, NATO and the US-against Russia, of which we are now all aware of, thanks to Seymour Hersh, that can be found all over the Baltic Naval Strike Force (BaltOps 22), that was headed by the USS Kearsarge, an amphibious, special ops vessel, that led this strike force’s enormous flotilla of ships and personnel and logistics, not to mention the enormous amount of logistical planning that would have been required to occur long before Russia’s invasion in February 2022.
At the time of the sabotage of Russia’s Nord Stream 1 & 2 pipelines, the USS Kearsarge was part of a U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa so-called ‘exercise’, executed by Naval Striking Forces Europe, and Naval Striking and Support NATO, that included 14 NATO Allies, two NATO partner nations, more than 75 aircraft, 7000 personnel, in June 2022 that included anti-submarine, mine-clearing operations, explosive ordinance disposal, and unmanned underwater personnel recovery training exercises aboard a submarine. Clearly, no small undertaking that would have demanded enormous pre-planning!
Yet the world, all but deaf, dumb, blind, and brain-dead, before now, had been led to believe that this Naval Task Force at the time of the sabotage of the Nord Stream I & 2 Pipelines ‘just happened’ to be directly over the area when the pipelines sabotage is known to have created enormous upwellings of methane gas (Sea Power magazine.org).
But, if the U.S., NATO and BaltOps22 had had nothing to do with the sabotage of Nord Stream, why then did “Rodek” Sikorski, a member of the European Parliament, a key figure in the U.S.-backed 2014 coup of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, following the sabotage operation, post on Twitter a photo of the methane-blasted region of the Baltic Sea showing a furiously-churned upwelling of bubbling methane gas at that location, with the cryptic three-word caption, “THANK YOU, USA”.
Or why again, if this was just an innocent note that referred to something entirely different and unrelated, was it then that that Twitter note also was quickly removed after Poland’s Foreign Minister seconded Sikorski’s affirmation; or what the U.S. Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, already knowingly meant when he warned, well in advance, “We have not deployed the full set of tools that could significantly undermine, if not outright stop, the Nord Stream Project” (Reuters, Nov 13, 2018).
Then again, there was that incident, back in 2018, when Richard Greenwell, the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, repeatedly sent threatening letters to German companies working on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, warning them, “Companies involved in Russian energy exports are something that could prompt significant risks (Bold am Sontag, Jan. 13th, 2019)
Or yet again, what did U.S. President Biden imply, during a February 2022 state visit to Germany, before Russia had even invaded Ukraine, when, during a White House press conference, Biden threatened. “The United States is able to shut down Nord Stream 2 in the Baltic Sea if Russia invades Ukraine.” Yet, when a reporter at that White House press conference repeatedly pressed Biden, “But how would you do that?” President Biden would only smugly smile and repeat what certainly sounded like a thinly-veiled threat of a pre-ordained given, when he replied several more times, “I promise you we will be able to do that.”
Something, clearly “Is Rotten in Denmark!”, as Shakespeare would say if he were here. But does anyone really care at this point? AND SO IT GOES…….
Jerome Irwin is a freelance writer-activist who, for decades, has sought to call attention to problems of sustainability caused by excessive mega-development, over-population and the ensuing horrors of degradation to the earth and host of related environmental-ecological-spiritual issues and concerns that exist between the conflicting philosophies of indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.